Sunday, 6 March 2011

The Partisan : Video (live 2008), Lyrics, Album

"Partisan" as a name has no gender, neither in French nor English. After all this "complaint" is more a human song than a warrior song; and indeed, in all countries oppressed, resistance is not a matter of sex, but includes both men and women.


When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender
This I could not do
I took my gun and vanished.

No one asks me when I'm going
No one asks me what I'm doing
Comrade, you who know
Oh, you must keep my secret.

I have changed my name so often
I've lost my wife and children
But I have many friends
And some of them are with me

An old woman gave us shelter
Kept us hidden in the garret
Then the soldiers came
She died without a whisper.

There were three of us this morning
I'm the only one this evening
But I must go on
The frontiers are my prison.

Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing
Through the graves the wind is blowing
Freedom soon will come
Then we'll come from the shadows.

She Used to Wanna Be a Ballerina

Track listing

All songs composed by Buffy Sainte-Marie unless otherwise indicated.

1. "Rollin' Mill Man" (Gerry Goffin, Russ Titelman) - 2:18
2. "Smack Water Jack" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 3:21
3. "Sweet September Morning" - 2:53
4. "She Used to Wanna Be a Ballerina" - 2:17
5. "Bells" - (Leonard Cohen) - 4:37
6. "Helpless" (Neil Young) - 3:11
7. "Moratorium" - 4:14
8. "The Surfer" - (Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ariel Gonzales, Carlos Pardeiro) - 2:38
9. "Song of the French Partisan" (Anna Marly, Hy Zaret) - 3:16
10. "Soldier Blue" - 3:21
11. "Now You've Been Gone for a Long Time" - 2:53

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Andrew said...

I have only heard a Leonard Cohen version of this song. I had thought that it was his composition. I may have been wrong since it is attributed to Anna Marly, Hy Zaret.

Ian said...

The sombre tone of the song really came through in Buffy's hauntingly sounded vocals. Most engaging.